First clash for 11 years brings win


Thornensians II 0

Dinnington II 16

IN the first meeting between the clubs for 11 seasons, Dinnington put in a controlled performance to hold off a spirited home side.

Thorne, a mixture of experience and youth, made the better start and Dinnington had to defend well to keep them out in the opening minutes.

Dinnington replied, moving play close to the home line, and won a penalty in front of the posts after some shenanigans between the two scrum-halves at a home scrum.

Andrew Whittingham kicked Dinnington seconds into the lead.

The clear threat from Thorne was in their backs, who were fit and eager, but Dinnington managed to control the ball well and gave them few opportunities.

Further pressure from the visitors resulted in two more penalties from Whittingham putting Dinnington 9-0 ahead at the break.

Dinnington made a change at half time and the pace of their play slowed down.

This enabled Thorne to disrupt their play and the action became scrappy and contained in the middle third of the pitch.

Fifteen minutes into the half, Dinnington won turnover ball on their own 10-metre line and Michael Leitch broke clear.

He was held up but the ball was quickly recycled to Alex Ball who muscled past one tackle and held off two others to score by the posts. Whittingham added the conversion.

Thorne replied with a brief spell of pressure and were only kept out by some good defence.

Late in the game Dinnington looked like adding to their lead but an excellent last-ditch tackle stopped them scoring.